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Six muffins of separation: the true story of how Pivot landed the Arctic Monkeys support slot

Garth Marenghi

The Arctic Monkeys, supported by Pivot. I was initially bewildered with what could possibly connect these two highly dissimilar bands, until The Missing Link was handed to me quite by accident last Thursday evening. It was after Pivot's set at the Popfrenzy Party and (as the beers had been plentiful) we were drawn to the bright warmth of a food stall like moths to a flame. Huddling around the stall begging for leftover hot chips and/or a cup of mash with gravy, we chanced an audience with Dave Miller of Pivot.

While discussing the various pastry goods available at the stall, I happened to make an obscure reference to the British TV Comedy Garth Marenghi's Darkplace by suggesting there could be a "pork pie/sausage roll". Obscure as my reference may have been, Dave was eager to flesh the quote out. "What you do," Dave replied, "-is get a tin of soup, heat it up, poach an egg in it, serve that with a-"

"Pork pie/sausage roll!" I shrilled, as my sister screamed with joy. It is a beautiful moment when you realise someone has the same warped sense of humour as you.

Dave, quietly bemused at our overenthusiastic reaction, was keen to share more. Calm as anything, he informed us that he has actually met Richard Ayoade who plays the character of Dean Learner in Garth Marenghi (as well as playing Moss in IT Crowd and Saboo from The Mighty Boosh). Being the ridiculously huge fans that we are of Senor Ayoade, my sister and I couldn't cope with this gold nugget of wonderment. We had to take out 20 seconds to happy dance and throw chips in the air like overexcited children. "ARE YOU SERIOUS?" we shrieked, "SERIOUSLY SERIOUS? HOW? WHY?" And so Dave told us the entire story.

Ayoade has a supporting role in a film called Bunny and the Bull, currently in production through independent film company Warp Films, the film subsidiary of Warp Records. As we all know, Pivot are signed to Warp Records. By some magical act of divine intervention or more likely, a great bloody coincidence, the lovely Richard Ayoade was given a copy of Pivot's record, and then went along to their gig in London. The band got the chance to meet the monkey genius himself after the show, where they hit it off marvelously.

From there, it was a whirlwind romance. Richard Ayoade invited them back to his house for some freshly baked muffins that his wife had made. The band and the actor interviewed each other for Dazed and Confused. I'm certain that they also enjoyed candlelit dinners and moonlight strolls along the beach, although I have nothing to back this up. The bit about the muffins is honestly true.

Quite comfortable on the other side of the camera, Ayoade has directed a fair few music videos, including, Fluroescent Adolescent for none other than the Arctic Monkeys. So guess who he passed Pivot's record onto? Precisely. The Monkeys/ Management attended a Pivot gig and were blown away by the performance. I then have it on good authority (ie my imagination) that the Arctic Monkeys themselves proceeded to get down on hands and knees, begging Pivot to support them on their upcoming Australian tour. Pivot said, "yeahhh alright" and then they all had muffins.

Well, maybe I made up that last bit (the Arctic Monkeys are from the North, they don't eat muffins!) but they seriously did request Pivot to join them on tour. So, remarkably, the mysterious, magical link between Sheffield's Arctic Monkeys and Sydney's Pivot is Richard bloomin' Ayoade. And if you don't find that completely wonderful, get out of town. Right out. It RULES.

Pivot support the Arctic Monkeys for their remaining shows in Sydney and Melbourne.

Thursday, January 22: Hordern Pavilion, Sydney (TONIGHT!)
Saturday, January 24: The Palais Theatre, Melbourne

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flukazoid

Darkplace = BEST SHOW EVER

1 decade ago

BAC

Thanks of the low down...
Was wondering how a Pivot tour poster featured so heavily on the wall in IT CROWD.

1 decade ago

bella

that's so cute. I told you they were bloody in love. magical.

1 decade ago

endfabricindefinite

BEST STORY THANKYOU

1 decade ago

gemdilem

Nice one!

Bella = #1 investigator

1 decade ago

fraola12

Saboo, you slag!
Ace story! I laughed, I cried. Ohhhh the mysteries of the universe.

1 decade ago

Big-Jesus-Trash-Can

And that also answers my question of how a large Pivot poster came about being on the wall in the office/basement in series 3 of The I.T Crowd.

1 decade ago

Ridski

This story gave me a hot ear

1 decade ago

macamera

your insight is phenomenal, because not only do i find out about Richard Ayoade's genius taste in music, and consequently feel like listening to Pivot, but i also now know that i feel like a muffin. monkey genius is you i say.

1 decade ago

bella

I ate a muffin today. I also saw a pivot poster in JB Hi-Fi while 'Mardy Bum' by the Arctic Monkeys was playing. Coincidence? I think not.

1 decade ago

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LucyFx you are a BOT and a reprehensible one at that BUT I was very happy for this story to be bumped and make me smile all over again. It was was an awesome piece Bella.

1 decade ago

bella

haha thank you! seriously, dave telling me that story was one of the most hilarious moments of my life.

1 decade ago

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Oh well. It still beats Posse.

1 decade ago

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